Here are a list of some, with links, but there are many more:Center for International Environmental Law – http://www.ciel.org/International Institute for Sustainable Development – http://www.iisd.org/default.aspWorld Wildlife Fund – http://www.panda.org/United Nations Environment Network – http://www.unep.net/
Credibility might be something you must determine on your own with balanced research. Without slandering anyone in particular, I will say that it’s important to ask specific questions of organizations that should be altruistic. For example, how does an animal rights organization get violent or gory pictures of animal abuse to use in its advertising? Who did they pay (and thereby support) to get the rights to those pictures, or who in the organization took the pictures themselves? How easy is it to get answers to such controversial questions from those in charge of the organization? How does any given organization get its money (for advertising or what have you), and where are they spending the most money? Does a group use violent tactics or vandalism to get its point across? Are members easy to talk to and polite? Must you pay for resources or information from a given group? Do well-educated people you admire support certain groups and not others? If so, why?
That being said, here’s a working list of groups you might want to look into:
Green Universities: Evergreen State (http://www.evergreen.edu), College of the Atlantic (http://www.coa.edu), Oberlin (http://www.oberlin.edu), Berea College (http://www.berea.edu), University of California (http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu), Harvard (http://www.harvard.edu), Duke (http://www.duke.edu)
Organizations (non-gov): Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org), Earth First! (http://www.earthfirst.org), PETA (http://www.peta.org), Sierra Club (http://www.sierraclub.org), the Organic Farming Research Foundation (http://www.ofrf.org), the Organic Trade Association (http://www.ota.com), California Certified Organic Farms (http://www.ccof.org), Save the Redwoods (http://www.savetheredwoods.org), Society of Environmental Journalists (http://www.sej.org)
Government Departments: Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov), US Dep. of Agriculture (http://www.usda.gov), Food and Drug Administration (http://www.fda.gov), National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov)
News and useful information: Happy Cow (to find vegetarian food in any city in the US http://www.happycow.net), Leaping Bunny (to find out which products are not tested on animals http://www.leapingbunny.org), The Daily Green news (http://www.thedailygreen.com), the Permaculture Institution (http://www.permaculture.org), Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org), Eco-Friendly Companies (http://www.ecofirms.org), news at Treehugger (http://www.treehugger.com)
For vegetarian and organic recipes: Post Punk Kitchen (http://www.theppk.com), VegWeb (http://www.vegweb.com), Vegan Chef (http://www.veganchef.com), Whole Foods (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com)
Also check out the site for this eco-village in India: http://www.auroville.org and http://www.sadhanaforest.org
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